Saturday, April 24, 2010

Getting ready for the oil painting direction...


I have been thinking for quite some time now that I wanted to have some proper instruction in oil painting. I guess it's pretty much the last frontier for me where painting is concerned so I have signed up for 6 weeks of studio painting in the studio of a wonderful artist here in Jacksonville. I like her so much and I know that she is one of the best teachers so ...we'll see what happens. Besides calligraphy, I think painting is my next best passion. I want to paint with a palette knife for that chunky look but I do know that I will have to learn some basics before I can do that. The top image is painted in oil with a brush and a palette knife and the second image was painted with a palette knife only with Open Acrylics from Golden. I was just seeing how it all felt before starting my class. I do like the Open acrylics too--it behaves a lot like oils. I felt like I was flying by the seat of my pants (hee hee--remember yesterday's post??) with the palette knife. I love the look but there is definitely a learning curve. I am really hoping that I can find my "style" and that I can use these oils with other mixed media. I may hate it and just do a drive-through of another art style--like I have done so aften in my journey although I have enjoyed every town! It would be nice to settle down in a style for a while! It doesn't start until May 20 but she gave me some homework to do.....the dreaded black and white sphere value study. I was about to say...I've already done that ...but I stopped myself and realized that one more time won't kill me.

13 comments:

Marthann's Musings said...

Martha, you can do this. I haven't painted in oil since college, but then I did quite a bit with palette knife or really thick paint. I like the effect. I am still mastering watercolor at the moment. Have fun with you class. I love your two "practice" pieces. If those are any example you will have not problem !!

Mary said...

I have no doubt you will do great and find your style of painting with oil. I have not used oil - my daughter tried it for she loved the look it produced, but it takes so darned long to dry!!!!! I took a few small canvas's she had played on and had abandoned, it was more than a month and it was still not dry!!

I can't wait to see what you do - and I agree, your practice pieces are very, very good!!!

sleepyhead designs studio said...

I'm excited to see what you can do. I'm trying this right now-I've committed to paint with oils at least once a week. It's hard finding your style though. Hoping to take some more lesson this summer too. Good luck-can't wait to see your posts!

Sue K said...

Martha~I love oils too, but the drying time factor has always held me back. I like acrylics better cuze they dry fast...sometimes too fast! When I paint my lessons, I use extender and that gives you more time for blending. Looks like you are off to a good start and I'm sure with all of your talent, I am going to be anxious to see your work. It's raining here today, so no outside work for me. I plan to spend the afternoon in my studio!! YEAH!!

margie Phillips said...

Martha,

Have fun with the oil paints. I will be most interested to see what you create, I am sure it will be wonderful.

Diane said...

I really like the look of these paintings done with a palette knife. I don't think that I would have patience for oils..let us know how the class goes.

Cori Lynn Berg said...

Yes i'd like to work a bit in oils too.. funny your response to your assignment. It's so good to start from the ground up again in a new medium though. What would happen if you took this class with the attitude that you have never painted before? Might be a more interesting journey and take you to new places...

Nicola said...

ohhh I'm looking forward to seeing your work with oils, I feel the same as you with the oil paints. I even bought a set last year so that I could finally try it but I haven't been able to bring myself to open them yet, oil painting intimidates me but I'm sure if I were to have a go I'd fall in love with it, maybe one day soon I will open mine up! :0)

Buffy said...

I love these two pieces,and its so good you are taking a class,I love learning new things especially when it comes to art. Sounds like fun.

Debbie said...

I can't wait to see what else you create...these paintings are great!

Lisa Holtzman said...

Everything you delve into you do well and oil painting will be no exception. I love that you're always moving forward and trying new techniques, you're very inspiring Martha!

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